September 25, 2016
When the Eagles manhandle a team widely considered to be a Super Bowl favorite to move to 3-0 entering their bye week, we get rid of the “bad” and “ugly” sections that usually make up these posts. Those are the rules.
Everything is great in Philadelphia, as the Eagles improved to 3-0 with a 34-3 drubbing of Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers’ 31-point deficit was the largest one that they have faced since Week 1 of 1997. They can’t use the opposition as an excuse anymore:
"The Browns aren't any good."— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) September 25, 2016
"The Bears aren't any good."
"The Steelers..." pic.twitter.com/xQnlJkIOQz
Pittsburgh didn’t come close to breaking their long losing streak in Philadelphia. Heading into the bye, the Eagles have now officially completed a perfect start to the season. Here’s what I saw:
• So, this is as pretty as it gets:
• Carson Wentz simply can’t do anything wrong. In Week 1, he outplayed Robert Griffin III. In Week 2, it was Jay Cutler’s turn. In Week 3, Ben Roethlisberger was outshone by the rookie from North Dakota State.
Even better, Wentz didn’t take the type of big hits we routinely saw in the first two weeks. He finished an excellent 23-31 for 301 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
• The move to Jim Schwartz and the 4-3 defense has worked out splendidly. Big Ben didn’t take the type of beating that we saw at The Linc eight years ago, but he was sacked four times by the Eagles front and pressured on numerous other occasions.
Rodney McLeod picked off the two-time Super Bowl winner in the fourth quarter:
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